Eva Longoria, Toni Morrison Among Group Advising President Obama on Post-White House Career
The select group also includes writer Malcolm Gladwell and LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman.
Longoria and Morrison are said to have attended midnight meetings at the White House alongside other notables, such as writer Malcolm Gladwell, LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman and hedge fund manager Marc Lasry, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama to discuss Obama's career options post-presidency.
Desperate Housewives star Longoria has become a key political figure during the Obama years, co-chairing the president's re-election campaign in 2012. She has also been a fervent activist for the administration's immigration reform plans.
Central to the discussions has been the issue of raising cash for Obama's presidential library and the establishment of a global foundation, the Times reported. Obama's supporters and advisors told the Times they are looking to raise $800 million to $1 billion to create the first "digital-first" presidential library with the latest technology.
The report said that Obama became interested in the possibilities of digital narratives after viewing Lincoln in a White House screening in 2012 with director Steven Spielberg and actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Obama reportedly continued a dialog on the topic of technology with Spielberg and Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg over dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel in June this year, with Spielberg committed to helping the president on developing a "narrative" for his life after he leaves office, the report said.